Mission: We support efforts by Latin America and the Caribbean countries to reduce poverty and inequality. We aim to bring about development in a sustainable, climate-friendly way.
Our people are committed and passionate about improving lives in Latin America and the Caribbean, and they get to do what they love in a diverse, collaborative and stimulating work environment. At the IDB, we’re committed to improving lives. Since 1959, we’ve been a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social, and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. We do more than lending though. We partner with our 48-member countries to provide Latin America and the Caribbean with cutting-edge research about relevant development issues, policy advice to inform their decisions, and technical assistance to improve on the planning and execution of projects. For this, we need people who not only have the right skills but also are passionate about improving lives.
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Our Internship Programs provide university students with an opportunity to learn about public and private sector development work and corporate management of international finance organizations.
Internships positions periodically become available at the IDB, IDB Lab and the IDB Invest in our Headquarters office in Washington, D.C., our Country Offices, the Office of Asia, the Office of Europe and the Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL).
We are seeking development geeks
We hire highly motivated, diverse and competitive young talent from our member countries who are eager to gain exposure into the dynamics of an international development organization and work alongside experts in the field of development before graduating from university programs.
We embrace diversity and inclusion
Our programs are known to be highly diverse and inclusive.
As part of our disability inclusion and accessibility initiatives, one of our latest activities was led by one of our former interns who taught the basics of American Sign Language (ASL) to more than 20 employees, aiming at addressing communication barriers faced by the deaf community in the workforce.
Careers in International Development
The work that we do
We work with Latin American and Caribbean countries to reduce poverty and inequality by supporting health, education and infrastructure efforts, among other efforts. With a history dating back to 1959, we are a leading source of development financing for the region. We don’t just lend though. We provide cutting-edge research, policy advice to inform decisions, and technical assistance to improve planning and implementation.
The talent we are seeking
We seek public and private sector professionals with diverse backgrounds in numerous areas, including Energy, Transport, Water and Sanitation, Environment, Rural Development, and Disaster Risk, Education, Social Protection and Health, Science and Technology, Institutional Capacity, Financial Markets, Economic Research, and more.
Life in movement
“I was born to do this,” says Shirley when she talks about her profession. “What I like the most about my work is the adrenaline it generates, it’s very exciting. We not only build roads, but we connect people and create opportunities. We connect directly with people’s development and learn from them to create more effective solutions.”
Equal pay for equivalent work:
Women and men, with similar roles, are paid equally at the IDB. We ran a comprehensive study that concluded that we have Equal Pay for Equivalent work in our institution:
The IDB has earned the first level of EDGE Global Gender Certification. This certification recognizes our solid commitment to gender equality, diversity, and inclusion, across our operations and our talent management practices. EDGE evaluated our organization on equal pay for equivalent work; recruitment and promotion; leadership development, training, and mentoring; flexible working arrangements; and company culture.
I have been working at Inter-American Development Bank full-time
Great experience, amazing networking, caring leadership
No cons come to mind off the bat
I applied online. I interviewed at Inter-American Development Bank (Washington, DC) in March 2020.
Toxic Interviewer, Toxic interview
Panel interview with one rude, unprofessional interviewer. I've never experienced anything quite like it before. I was asked 4 accounting/ finance questions. If I speak Spanish and other questions. Then it was my time to ask questions. That's when the interview tone, and mood change.
I asked several questions, but two questions hit a nerve with the Treasury and Risk Senior Specialist. Are you ready for the question
1. What type of training does the company offer to new hire to acclimate them to the company and procedures?
2. What separates someone who is adequate at this position from someone who is exceptional
The Treasury and Risk Senior Specialist stated that this was not an intern position, there is no finance and accounting training and they expected the person in this position to deliver from day one.
Well pardon me Sir, The janitor to the CFO at a new company, needs training. Do companies not offer training to new employees on their reports, systems, processes?
I have 8 plus years of finance experience with 2 years at United Nations agencies, wherein my resume does it read I'm looking for an internship position and I need finance training.
From the interview, one can tell how toxic this organization is. I withdrew from consideration, 30 minutes after the interview.